Certificate Process

All individuals wanting to be certified as a hiking guide in summer, winter or both, must take a GM course in combination with either the PI or AI course. It is not a stand alone certification!

ALL GM courses include classroom training mixed with on trail training and evaluation.

Summer Group Management Course (taught April through June):

  • 2 days (1/2 day classroom + 1.5 days outside)

  • Cost = $250 plus GST

  • Pre-requisites – Valid standard first aid and CPD (minimum level), hiking resume, AI or PI certification.

Winter Group Management Course (taught November through March):

  • 3 days (two half days in classroom + two days outside)

  • Cost = $375 plus GST

  • Pre-requistes – Valid 40 hour wilderness first aid (min), hiking resume, AI or PI certification.

***The Winter GM course trains you to work in all 4 seasons.

Winter Group Management Module (taught November through March): This course is available to individuals who already have a group management certification in good standing. It will allow you to guide in all 4 seasons.

  • 1.5 days (1/2 day classroom + 1 day outside)

  • Cost: $149 plus GST

  • Pre-requisites – 40 hour wilderness first aid PLUS: Apprentice hiking guide, professional hiking guide or master hiking guide certification with the IGA.

Our public GM courses are scheduled in May, June, November and February each year. If you have a group of 10 or more we may be able to schedule a private course to fit your schedule.

View the Group Management Pre-Course Information Package

***Please be aware that all individuals who take this course must have a membership with the IGA or need to pay their yearly member dues in order to be in good standing with this accreditation. If you are taking this back to back with the apprentice interpreter course your member fees are included with your course fees.